Courtesy of Cycle Trader / Rock River
Photos By Martha Farmer
Johnson Creek, WI (August 5, 2014) –
CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha is proud to announce the addition of
Luke Renzland to the team. The 19-year-old New Jersey native capped off
his amateur career this past week with a solid performance at the 2014
Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. He took home the
450 A Class title with 3-1-1 finishes, and went 4-2-2 for 2nd overall
in 250 A Class. A long time Yamaha supported rider, Renzland was a part
of the Horton Racing/Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha amateur program in
2014. With three rounds remaining in the 2014 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro National
series, Renzland will make his professional debut in the 250 Class at
Unadilla this Saturday, August 9. We are excited to have him on board
with our team, and look forward to seeing him on the gate!
Welcome to the team, Luke! You had a great week at
Loretta’s! Tell us about your days at the Ranch this year. Did things go
as planned for you?
Yeah, the week at Loretta’s went great. You know, I started off with a
lot of confidence coming into the week, especially with getting to run
the #1 plate in the 450 A Class. The week started off a little rough
with a couple bad starts, having to crawl my way through the pack the
first two motos of the week. But I figured that out fairly quickly, we
made a few adjustments, and I came out with a lot better starts the next
four motos. I ended up coming away with the championship in 450 A and
took 2nd in 250 A.
With such a long week isolated at the track, how do you
stay focused on racing and not get distracted by everything else going
You know, my family has always made it clear to me that Loretta’s is a
big deal. It costs a lot of money to just to go and my whole family
supports me down there. There’s no reason to be throwing it away by
hanging out in the creek and all that stuff, blowing all your energy
before the races. I just hang out under my tent, back at the camper with
my family. Just staying cool and hydrated, and keeping focus on what
I’m there to do.
Your Dreamland compound
in Florida has been well-documented over the last couple years, and it
looks unreal. What is it like having such an incredible facility to do
your training at?
Living at Dreamland is awesome. It’s literally a dream come true to have
my own facility and track to get all of my training done. Jason Baker
from Dream Traxx did an awesome job building the place, and it’s one of
the best tracks for training. It gets rough, and rutted, and bumpy, but
it also has the huge jumps, as everyone has seen on all of the videos,
to get in some fun while you’re doing long motos. It’s been a great
place to get prepared for Loretta’s and the Nationals, with all the
different types of terrain and I have Mike down there as my riding
partner. We stay focused and get our work done, while having a lot of
fun as well.
What are your expectations going into your professional debut at Unadilla?
Coming into Unadilla, my main focus is to take all of the pressure off
of myself and have fun, enjoy my pro debut at my home track up here. I
know that I have a lot of fans coming from my hometown, and all my
family is going to be there. I’m really excited to have my debut at such
a personally special and legendary track. But yeah, like I said, I just
want to keep the pressure off and my goal as far as results go [is] top
15 in both motos. But I’m not putting too much into that; I just want
to be strong and consistent and finish both motos, and build experience
for Indiana and Utah.
For more up to date information, follow CycleTrader.com/Rock River
Yamaha on Instagram @cycletraderrockriver, as well as Luke’s personal
CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha would like to thank:
CycleTrader.com, Rock River Powersports, Yamaha Motor USA, Roost MX,
DX1, Yamalube, GYTR, K&N Filters, FMF Racing, JGR MX Shop, Matrix
Concepts, Fly Racing & WPS, Arc Levers, Technical Touch USA &
X-Trig, Bell Powersports, Vertex, The Factory Metal Works, Guts Racing,
Dunlop, Renegade Fuels, EVS Sports, Dubya USA, Streamline Brakes,
Hammerhead Designs, Pivot Works, X Brand Goggles, Cycra, Hot Rods, CV4,
Works Connection, Vortex, Odi, Throttle Threads.
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